Tuesday, August 19, 2008
NO MORE RAPPERS!!!!!!!
This has been on my mind for some time now. I've tried my hardest to keep it to myself because I don't want to be a dream crusher or tell people what they can or cannot do. But fugg it, I have to say it...
NO MORE RAPPERS!!!!!!
I'm sure this thought isn't anything new under the sun. But damn! I just got finished judging a talent showcase (whats up Honey, thanks for inviting me out). I got there at 10:30pm and didn't get out of there until 2:45. And guess what...they wasn't done!
Like I said before, I can't sit here and tell people they shouldn't chase their dreams. I mean, I'd probably feel a certain way if someone would have told me "its too many niggas writing" 5 years ago.
That's why I'm saying as of this day, hour, minute, second....well actually as of last night...there should be a Rapper Cut-Off Line. So, if you weren't rapping as of last night or hadn't made any real stride in the craft or contribution to the culture, i.e. performed for more than the 5 people in your living room or printed up CDs with real ink (no magic marker)...just stop, now.
The world does not need another rapper. We have enough of those to last us until Armegeddon. All we need to do is tell the cats thats already rapping to just keep getting better or encourage them to stop as well if they are wack.
I swear man...like, last night was not the first time I'd judged a showcase. So I knew what I was getting into. But for some reason, it just hit me like damn...its alot of niggas rapping. As each act got on stage and did their thing I kept imagining them doing something else. Something that we need.
We need more dentists. We need more doctors. We need more economists. More truck drivers. More chefs. More store owners. I need a teacher for my unborn child. A rapper? No, I don't need or want another one of those.
Of course, to some, rapping is merely a hobby. Some people paint, some people build model cars, some people rap. Cool. If thats how you pass your time, do your thing and keep it just that a hobby. But as far as more cats trying to "get on" no, please stop the madness.
Its almost as if rapping has become its own language. Its damn near equivalent to speaking English...because everybody does it. Its like rapping is the 6th Sense. Seeing, Hearing, Touching, Tasting, Smelling....Rapping.
I probably should have set if off in there last night now that I think about it. Giving someone a low score probably didn't contribute to starting the Rapper Cut-Off Line. Hell, that shit probably got interpreted as "hating." And you know niggas do with their haters! Make them their motivators, cause they on the grind, son!!!!!
From now on, I think I'm either gonna start throwing shit on stage or come to these showcases with stacks of various job applications. Maybe a couple school applications too. Something to show cats that there are other things that they could be doing and striving for.
Am I the only one who feels like this? What do you think the criteria should be to let a rappers past the Rapper Cut-Off Line?
Oh yeah...yall non-blending, no-mixing DJs need a cut-off line too. The same is about to go for ya'll "producers" that don't even know what an instrument looks like.